Associate Professor of African Linguistics
University of Florida
Photograph by Mónica Villalón
Department of African & Asian Languages & Literatures
Program in Linguistics
Center for African Studies
Dr. Fiona Mc Laughlin
301 Pugh Hall
PO Box 115565
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida 32611-5565
My primary areas of research in linguistics are the phonology, morphology and sociolinguistics of Wolof, Pulaar and Seereer-Siin, three Atlantic (Niger-Congo) languages spoken in Senegal. My current areas of investigation are:
- language contact in urban Senegal
- ideophones and information structure
A secondary interest of mine is Islam and popular culture, especially popular music, in Senegal.
2008. On the origins of urban Wolof: evidence from Louis Descemet's 1864 phrase book. Language in Society 37(5).
2008. Senegal: the emergence of a national lingua franca. Language and national identity in Africa. In Andrew Simpson, ed. Oxford: Oxford UP. 79-97. 2008.
2005. Voiceless implosives in Seereer-Siin. Journal of the International Phonetic Association 35:201-214. 2005.
2005. Reduplication and consonant mutation in the Northern Atlantic languages. Studies on reduplication. In Bernhard Hurch, ed. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 111-133.
2005. On the theoretical status of base and reduplicant in Northern Atlantic. In J. Mugane et al., eds.
Selected proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference on African Linguistics. Cascadilla Press. 169-180.
2004. Is there an adjective class in Wolof? Adjective classes: a cross-linguistic typology. In R.M.W. Dixon & Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, eds. Oxford: Oxford UP. 242-262.
2003. Some theoretical consequences of phonological agreement in Wolof: REPEAT domains. Typologie des langues d'Afrique et universaux de la grammaire. In Patric Sauzet & Anne Zribi-Hertz, eds. Paris: L'Harmattan.
2001. Dakar Wolof and the configuration of an urban identity. Journal of African Cultural Studies 14:153-172.
2001. The give and take of fieldwork: noun classes and other concerns in Fatick, Senegal (with Thierno Seydou Sall). Paul Newman & Martha Ratliff, eds. Linguistic fieldwork. Cambridge UP:189-210.
2000. Consonant mutation and reduplication in Seereer-Siin. Phonology 17:333-363.
2000. 'In the name of God I will sing again, Mawdo Malik the good': popular music and the Senegalese Sufi tariqas. Journal of Religion in Africa 30:191-207.
1997. Noun classification in Wolof: when affixes are not renewed. Studies in African Linguistics 26:1-28.
1997. Islam and popular music in Senegal: the emergence of a 'new tradition.' Africa 67:560-581.
I have translated a novel by Senegalese writer, Boubacar Boris Diop, from French to English:
Murambi, The Book of Bones. Indiana University Press, 2006. The translation was supported
by a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Morphology LIN 4400/6402
African Popular Culture AFS 4930/ 6905
Introduction to the Languages of Africa
Languages & Dialects
Languages in Contact
Islam & African Literature
I am director of the University of Florida's 2008 Summer Intensive Arabic Program in Fez, Morocco
For more information click here: UF in Fez
Last updated February 7th 2007